Bombshell: Comey Admits Leaking Memos to PressAdan Salazar
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Former FBI Director James Comey admitted Thursday to orchestrating leaks to the press in hopes of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor in the FBI's Russia probe.
The fired FBI director had kept written memos of his meetings with President Trump.
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey admitted to giving his memos to his Columbia law professor "good friend" Daniel C. Richman to leak to the press following Trump's tweets insinuating he had recorded his conversations with Comey.
Under oath, Comey told Sen. Susan Collins:
"The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes.The Twitter-sphere immediately cried foul after the former FBI head admitted to leaking his own memos, with some wondering whether he'd committed a criminal offense and others speculating he could have also leaked confidential info.
The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., commented the FBI director was more than willing to leak damaging info against his father, but nothing that exonerates him, as also highlighted during the hearing by Sen. Marco Rubio.
In subsequent testimony to Sen. Roy Blunt, Comey claimed he believed it OK to have his memos leaked as they were his personal "recollections" as a "private citizen."
Here's a transcript of their exchange, via Politico:
BLUNT: You said something earlier and I donít want to fail to follow up on, you said after dismissed, you gave information to a friend so that friend could get that information into the public media.The Trump administration has made it known it would aggressively pursue "criminal leaks."
"The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time," the president noted on social media in February, at the time unaware the FBI director was leaking to the press.